I want to replace two teeth with implants. I’ve seen three different dentists. Two of them do what I guess is considered the traditional procedure, which takes about six months. However, the third one said he thinks I am a candidate to get my implants in an hour. It is more expensive, but if I can really get it in an hour I feel it’s worth it. Is this legitimate or is he scamming me?
If you’re referring to the teeth in an hour procedure, the dentist is not scamming you. It is a legitimate procedure. Not everyone is a candidate. And not all dentists can perform it. It requires additional training. You have to have a completely healthy jawbone as well as other qualifications. Most of which are determined by scans. It’s a procedure that is only done on ideal candidates.
While the actual procedure is an hour, there will be about two weeks of preparatory scans etc. leading up to the procedure. The day of you’ll be about an hour. You’ll have functional teeth that day and can often go back to work the next day.
Why Teeth-in-an-Hour Works
It uses a highly sophisticated computer system which places the implants so securely into the bone that there is zero movement. The implants are completely secure from the beginning which enables them to bear the weight of the implants.
With the traditional surgical procedure, there is some wiggle room around the implants. So, there is the definite need for osseointegration before placing the implants. Without the bone having time to grow around the implant, if you tried to have it bear weight, the implant would just rip out of the jaw.
The obvious upside to teeth-in-an-hour is being able to immediately have your implants AND crowns. The downside is the cost. It costs more than other procedures. The majority of that cost is because the unit has to be fashioned at the Nobel Biocare laboratory in Sweden.
If You’re Not a Candidate for Teeth-in-an-Hour
If for some reason, you turn out not to be a candidate, it’s not the end of the world. Traditional dental implants are excellent. Either procedure will give you an excellent tooth replacement. While the traditional method takes longer, you won’t be without a tooth during your healing period. Your dentist will provide a temporary tooth replacement for you.
If you go the traditional route, you want to make sure they have significant post-graduate training in implants. It’s also important to have the same person who does your implant crown to also do your surgery. It keeps from having miscommunication between the dentist and the surgeon.
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